Shocking News: iPod Earbuds May Zap Your EarsMay 19th, 2009 | By Elisabeth Lewin | Category: iPod Accessories, iPods & Portable Media Players
From the Apple Support website, some hair-raising news (nyuk nyuk nyuk): “It’s possible to receive a small and quick electrical (static) shock from your earbuds while listening to iPod or iPhone.”
Turns out, when the air is very dry or very windy — or if you are excercising with your player in your pocket — using the headphones that come with your iPod, iPhone, or iPod Touch may cause static electricity to build up. “This condition is very similar to dragging your feet across a carpet and receiving a static shock by touching a door knob,” Apple Support says.
But instead of discharging the static by shocking your finger when you touch a doorknob or light switch, the discharge comes and zaps you through your earbuds.
This occurrence “does not necessarily indicate an issue with the iPod, iPhone, or earbuds,” according to the cautionary post, and could occur with any brand of earbuds.
To alleviate static build-up on your Apple portable media device, they suggest:
- Avoid use in dry or windy environments.
- If you have dry skin, try anti-static hand lotion.
- Try wearing different clothes “with natural fibers. Synthetic fibers are more likely to hold a static charge.”
- Avoid frequently “removing your device from your pockets…. Rubbing the device on certain materials can cause a static build up.”
Here is a bigger list of the dangers of new media that lurk at every turn.